Susan Ouriou's first novel explores a season in the life of three women, two sisters - on an artist, the other a codemaker - and their mother. The women have made their separate ways from Montreal to Mexico, the land of their father and husband gone missing ten years ago. Their reunion is a grudging one and their love often aching, uncertain, and flawed. The women's family resembles that of the damselfish, a family of dear enemies where each member...
IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 1
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"When Poppy and Sam go to visit their friend, Miss Mole, they find she isn't having a very good day because she can't find her pink reading glasses! As Poppy and Sam retrace Ms Mole's steps, they find all manner of objects (a pink hat, an umbrella, a blue fan, and a yellow flute, for starters), but none of these belong to Ms Mole. At last, they climb a tree where Ms Mole had been picking apples (to make her delicious apple pies), when they find Madame...
IL: LG - BL: 1.9 - AR Pts: 1
"Winter is coming, and Poppy and Sam's tiny garden neighbors are getting ready to hibernate. After stocking their pantries for the colder days ahead, Poppy and Sam settle in for a long winter's nap as well. But what is Poppy doing wrong? She can't sleep and nothing seems to work! Determined to hibernate like her friends, Poppy sets out with Sam to ask the other creatures for their deep-sleep secrets. But advice from the bees (snuggling into a honeycomb),...